Practical Biostatistics

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This course teaches participants basic principles of biostatistics, including frequently used statistical tests and analyses. On successful completion, participants will be able to understand the requirements and assumptions for statistical tests and analytical procedures commonly used in clinical research, to perform these procedures in SPSS or R and to interpret the results. As of he course starting on March 6, 2017, participants will have access to both the SPSS and R parts of the course and the options to do the examination in either SPSS or R.

Practical Biostatistics is an e-learning based course. In the e-learning, theory and computer assignments using SPSS or R are integrated. The e-learning is fully self-explanatory and is supported by a glossary, the AMC wiki biostatistics and a discussion forum for interaction with other students and tutors. The course allows participants to acquire statistical knowledge and skills independently when and where they choose.

Please note that you should plan at least 40 hours of your time to work through the e-learning before the exam.

In addition, all course participants who attended the exam can participate in a discussion workshop on practical application and interpretation of the methods introduced in the course. The instructors are senior epidemiologists and statisticians working for the Clinical Research Unit at the AMC.

Scheduled dates Exams:
- starting is possible every week. Enrollment is possible for the earliest upcoming exam date with a time gap of six weeks.

Exam dates:
September 5, 2017
November 8, 2017
expected January 10, 2018
expected March 14, 2018
expected May 16, 2018
expected June 27, 2018

Scheduled dates Workshops:
- only for those who participated at an exam session

September 27, 2017
expected January 31, 2018
expected May 30, 2018

The topics covered are:
1. Introduction; descriptive statistics
2. Principles of statistical testing
3. Comparing groups: continuous data
4. Comparing groups: categorical data
5. Correlation and linear regression
6. Multiple regression
7. Logistic regression
8. Survival analysis: ­Kaplan­-Meier curves and log-rank tests
9. Survival analysis­: Cox­ proportional hazards regression
10. Repeated Measurements

Target audience:
AMC PhD candidates.
Non AMC PhD candidates can register for the individual e-learning through (and find more information) or contact the Clinical Research Unit AMC employees are advised to register through the AMC intranet (link).

Registered AMC PhD candidates use the application form (top of page)

The course provides a gradual introduction to SPSS, including screencasts on how to perform the statistical analysis introduced in the course in SPSS. The course is suitable for participants with no previous knowledge of SPSS.

However, the R part of the course does not currently offer a comparable gradual introduction to R. If you wish to follow the R part of the course, we recommend that you have some knowledge of the R environment before starting the course. If you have any questions about this, please contact the course coordinators.

All materials, including the examination and workshop, are in English. If all students present at the introduction or workshop speak Dutch, the session will be in Dutch.

To qualify for the certificate, a participant must attend all sessions and workshops, and pass the exam.

Study load:
40 hours, which is comparable to 1.1 ECTS points.

Number of participants:
Maximum 45 per course.

No charge for registered AMC PhD candidates.
There is a course fee for externals; see or contact the Clinical Research Unit AMC employees get reduced fees.

Course coordinators:
Dr. R. Holman / Clinical Research Unit (CRU) / or Dr. B.C. Opmeer / Clinical Research Unit (CRU) /

More information:
From AMC Graduate School / / room J1A-112 / tel. +31 (0)20 566 4618


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Tel: +31 (0)20 - 5663108